Re: The word 'Euphrates' and its meaning

Mr. Timothy T. Dickens (
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 21:23:06

>Mr. Timothy T. Dickens wrote:
>> Dear Friends,
>> How does the Hebrew word 'phrt' become 'Euphrates' in
>> English? First, 'Euphrates is a Greek word, and when I looked
it up in the 9th ed. of LSJ, I did not find one single entry! It
is obvious to me that the ...phr...' in Euphrates is from the
Hebrew 'phrt.' But just what 'Euphrates' is suppossed to mean in
Greek is beyond me (or LSJ 9th ed.)
> I don't think the Greek "Euphrates" is taken from the Hebrew
>'PHRT' (divide, branch off) but from the Avestan "huperethra"
>(Good to Cross Over).
>Jack Kilmon

Dear Jack,

Would you please tell me why you suggest the 'Avestan'


Timothy T. Dickens
Smyrna, GA Home School

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